Saw a great business use of the iPad and Keynote today

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  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    The shop I work for, Penn Camera in Tysons, is having our Imaging Expo this weekend, with all the camera vendors and their reps there. Well the Olympus rep was there with his iPad running a Powerpoint presentation with Keynote using what looked like the Apple Case as an easel.

    For me it was one of those DOH! moments. Never saw much use for Keynote on the iPad really. Until now! Perfect combo IMO now for small trade shows when you are limited to a small table and have limited space.

    It has gotten me thinking in how I might make use of the iPad and Keynote for my customers for presentation of some topics.
     
  2. flyingturtle macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that.

    We have some conventions coming up and I had not though of making presentations. We are renting booths so maybe bringing an iPad would be nice to show a presentation. Although I guess I'd be a little paranoid and have to watch my iPad like a hawk so people won't mess with it.

    But good idea. Just gotta learn Keynote now...
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Will have to see if I can talk with the rep and his experience at the show with it so far... when I walked by most folks did not seem to bother the iPad though.... don't think most knew what it was really LOL

    Actually you don't need to learn Keynote from what I understand. Powerpoint PPT files are supposed to play on Keynote....
     
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  5. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yes in this case... will see about getting some pics tomorrow....

    But laptops also invite usage... and DVD type players are a bit of a space hog and the screens are smaller than the iPad. Digital picture frames can be larger, but not as useful when on the road.

    I know some find it hard to believe - but for many road warriors out there the laptop is over kill. Been there before. Small and light go along ways...
     
  6. BaBaBoooooooey macrumors regular

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    And an iPad doesn't?????
     
  7. TNSF macrumors member

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    Sitting a laptop on a table to display a looped presentation is ghetto.

    Ghetto!
     
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    No. The iPad is all screen so if you just have it sitting there playing a presentation it dies not invite usage the same way a laptop with a keyboard and track pad does.
     
  9. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yep, the rep even confirmed that. In the time he has been using the iPad at shows, no one has tried to touch it.

    BTW, the question came up here about not having space for a laptop... here is the space the Olympus reps had for the show this weekend.
     

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    I think so as well...

    Gave me an idea for a social group that I belong to. We do a couple of street fairs a year to gain new members for those that live "way outside of DC". Meaning more than 15-20 miles. LOL

    Myself and many others are avid picture takers at the events that we hold every week of the year for those of us in the outer 'burbs. Picnics, pool parties, bowling nights, and the such.

    May see about a photo show using my iPad for the best of the best pictures for the next street fair we will attend in June. Thinking origami might work out as the photo show. LOL

    First, I want to thank you for the "slick" comment for giving me this brain fart of an idea. :)

    Second can I give up my "ownership" of the iPad during our booth hours? :eek: LOL
     
  11. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

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    Grabbing attention is the name of the game. iPad will do that for a while here at Launch.
     
  12. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Spoke with the Olympus rep about the iPad factor, he said most did not notice that it was an iPad. And the ones that did had an iPad already. LOL In the end the iPad could be the perfect high resolution "picture frame" for shows and such. Small, takes little space, and many options for display of photos and Powerpoint type presentations.
     
  13. gr8ful macrumors member

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    Every sales person who is using flip charts or pages in a 3 ring binder should be looking to replace them with the iPad. Not only Keynote presentations, but the ability to pull up the company website, display price lists, pictures of products, audio/video clips, etc. iPad is perfect for this type of thing.
     
  14. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    Lol

    Ha! :D
    Ghetto?? Yeah, it's a little ghetto. :)
     
  15. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    What is funny is at work I am the Apple fanboy it seems... I truly think they had a pool going as to when I was going to break down and buy the iPad wifi model. (Monday April 26th) And a second pool as to when I would return it and get the 3G model. (Split there, bought the iPad 3G on April 30th and will return the iPad wifi on May 3rd) LOL

    But in the end I am the one that is having the last laugh it seems this week so far. :) They are seeing the power of the iPad replacing our overstuffed price books of the things we stock - which need to be updated each week with newly printed pages. Not to mention shifting rebates and promos! Sometimes these happen so quick and frequently that we just hand write them in our price books.

    And then there are those times we need to search the web to find the info that a customer requested. That computer is located at the back of the sales counter, and the customer can not step behind that counter in order to see what we are seeing. So we have to print it out for them. Which requires a trip to a different part of the sales floor.

    And then there are the two 4 foot x 4 foot bookcases filled with vendor catalogs. Much are just printed off of PDF's that vendors send us.

    What impressed me more was the comments from more than a few of my co-workers was that if we were to get the iPad on the sales floor - we might look like a more tech savvy - we deal in digital photography as you all can tell. :) Some were taken by the Olympus use of a Powerpoint presentation, and saw simple "lessons" to illustrate a sales point.

    So from an Apple fanboy, I have become sort of the visionary of the power of what Apple has to offer. LOL Funny thing is some of these ideas was what I said to some of the same co-workers when the iPod Touch came out. :) It took the larger screen to make some change opinions.

    In my shop there are 6 sales books.... and they float around as needed to fit the crowding that happens. And I can not (and would not at the current cost of the iPads) want "free floating" iPads - too easy for them to "walk off". I could see them bolted to the counter on a swivel stand that allowed us to share info with the customer. But to avoid bottlenecks we might need a few more.

    As I and my co-workers see the power behind my iPad, I need to start working on sharing that power with the "powers that be". A big up hill climb. LOL

    Back to our bookcases of catalogs. In our industry there are tons of companies that offer similar or the same product under different names. So if you came in looking for a particular solution it might take a great deal of time to search various vendors to find the solution.

    In the end my rant at my shops needs are showing what the rest of the business world could reap by moving to something like the iPad.
     
  16. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    I guess that portable video players and lo-res picture frames fit in there as well? :)

    Though I would think that an old Toshiba tablet design that allowed for the screen to be rotated so that the keyboard faced the "typist" or faced the "presenter" would be less ghetto.... LOL

    Sometimes a looping demo works. At least with the iPad you can take it off the table and go in a different direction for the customer.
     
  17. Full of Win macrumors 68030

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    I've toyed with the idea of using it the next time I give a poster presentation. Basically, while I stand besides the poster, have the iPad affixed to the poster board looping a presentation - where people can walk by and get the overview by watching a movie or Keynote presentation. Better option than a laptop IMHO. Also, given the thinness of it, it would look quite 'integrated'. Still debating if I should leave it there during the public viewing period.
     
  18. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Sounds good to me...

    Though as I mentioned about my social group I belong to, I am not to willing to let my iPad out of my sight at this point :eek:
     

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